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HISTORY (L22)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)SP2017

L22 History 375AMethods & Visions: America Real, & Imagined: The Curious Cases of Broadway & Hollywood3.0 Units
Description:Commercial popular culture has been and remains an essential and defining aspect of the United States as a nation both at home and globally. Since at least the mid nineteenth century, the products of the American leisure and entertainment industries have taken on the power of myth, shaping perceptions of American identity on many levels. And yet, like all products of human culture, popular culture-whether a feature film, recorded music track, stage show, television series, or comic book-is a man-made thing, created by individuals working in collaboration in specific times and places. This course considers the tension between American popular culture as at once a textual expression of our national imaginary and also the work of creative individuals and businesses seeking to make a profit. We will pay particular attention to the role of place, delving into the curious cases of Broadway and Hollywood, two mythical realms which also exist as real places in the real world. This course examines how approaching Broadway and Hollywood both metaphorically (as fantasy lands) and literally (as geographical realities) has yielded different bodies of academic and popular scholarship. We will explore these options for thinking and writing about American popular culture in seminar-style conversation, in critical writing assessing the work of scholars, and in our own original research projects. Other mythical yet real popular culture places class members may consider together or individually are "the South," "New York City," "Chicago," and "California," among many possible options. As a Writing Intensive course, AMCS 375A also serves as an opportunity to think about matters of argument and presentation, and to develop ideas and models for future research. This course fulfills the "multidisciplinary" (MD) requirement for AMCS Minors and fulfills the "Methods Seminar" requirements for Majors. Preference is given to AMCS Majors
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:C Fees:
Course Type:IdentSame As:L98 375A  L15 3751  L27 375AFrequency:Annually / History


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